Wednesday, September 23, 2009

L is for Let's Hope People Come Visit Us In Colorado

This past weekend Jon went and interviewed at the University of Colorado Denver's MBA program for a Master's of Healthcare Administration. He did so great in the interview the president of the school of business called him an hour after the interview and said, "We want you!" So yeah our first acceptance! It sure feels good. Jon has been working hard and we are both so happy it is finally paying off. Jon had a great time in Colorado. He bragged to me everyday about the beautiful weather they have. Yes I am envious since it is still HOT here in Arizona and it's almost October. He was able to visit my sister Erika and her family. They are hoping we choose Colorado because who wouldn't want us living by them. Duh we are the coolest people in the whole world!!

We are still awaiting a few more acceptances from other schools but I have a feeling in my heart that Colorado is the place for Jon and I to move on to our next step of our journey called life. We are so sad to leave our wonderful friends and family in Arizona whom we love and adore. But we may be back and it's only for 2 years. We have some BIG decisions to make though now. I have to decide if I am going to move out there with Jon in January or if I will finish out my teaching contract here in Arizona and meet him in May. I am torn. I do not want to be away from Jon for 5 months but I also don't want to terminate a teaching contract halfway through the year. Plus there are no guarantees I will have a good job in January if I move out there to Colorado. We will just have to keep praying and looking for answers! Thank you everyone for your love and support! Continue to keep us in our prayers!!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

K is for Keep This In Mind

Satan called a worldwide convention of demons.
In his opening address he said, "We can't keep Christians from going to church"
"We can't keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth...."
"We can't even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their savior."
"Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken."
"So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, BUT steal their time, so they don't have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.."
"This is what I want you to do," said the devil:
Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day! "How shall we do this? his demons shouted.
"Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds," he answered...
"Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow."
"Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles."
"Keep them from spending time with their children."
"As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!" "Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice."
"Entice them to play the radio or I-Pod whenever they drive." To keep the TV, DVDs, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly."
"This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ."
"Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers."
"Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day."
"Invade their driving moments with billboards."
"Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes."
"Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what's important, and they'll become dissatisfied with their wives. "
"Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night."
"Give them headaches too! "
"If they don't give their husbands the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere."
"That will fragment their families quickly!"
"Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas.."
"Give them an Easter bunny so they won't talk about his resurrection and power over sin and death..."
"Even in their recreation, let them be excessive."
"Have them return from their recreation exhausted."
"Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect onGod's creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead."
"Keep them busy, busy, busy!" "And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences."
"Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus."
"Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause." "It will work!" "It will work!"It was quite a plan!
The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there. Having little time for their God or their families. Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives. I guess the question is, has the devil been successful in his schemes? You be the judge!!!!! Does "BUSY" mean: B-eing U-nder S-atan's Y-oke?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

J is for Jon's Grad School Update

Well many of you are asking what has been going on with our application process for graduate school. We put in our applications to schools that begin Spring 1010 semester. University of Colorado Denver, Texas A&M and Tulane University are the ones we are waiting to hear back from. We want to live in Denver because its absolutely beautiful, similar to Utah, and my sister Erika lives there. Texas is the cheapest option because tuition is almost half of the other schools and the cost of living is a lot lower. And well Tulane is in Lousiana and that says enough! That wouldn't be my 1st choice... okay not even my 10th choice!! The problem we have though now is that we could wait and apply to some higher ranked schools for the healthcare administration programs but they don't begin until fall 2010. So its up in the air. If we do get into Colorado then do we go and get going on the two year program or wait a year and see if we can get into some bigger name schools. Jon is worried that for competitive reasons a bigger name school may be a better choice because he will be fighting for a fellowship after he recieves his MBA. AHHHHH!! So many decisions... If it were up to me fully I would choose to just go to Denver and get going on it. I hate the thought of putting it off a year! That is just one more year we have to wait!!